Blame it on Mercury Retrograde…
I’ve been feeling the effects of Mercury in retrograde this week. Mercury went retrograde on January 21st and will stay there until February 11th. On Monday, while driving, I was hit twice and then I accidently bumped into a parked car. I hit the car because I was rattled by the morning. I felt like a massive ditz for hitting a parked car. As embarrassing as it was to hit a parked car, I left my name and number on the windshield of the car I hit.
The annoyance that is Mercury Retrograde happens three or four times a year. When Mercury is retrograde, the planet’s orbit has the illusion of spinning backwards. (In truth, earth is just spinning faster). In astrology, Mercury is the ruler of communication, technology, and travel. In other words, it affects how you communicate with others, how you get to work, and how you perform your work. (Even as I’m writing this post, my computer is acting out). When Mercury is retrograde, you can expect mistakes, miscommunications, oopsies, and surprises from the past.
Mercury Retrograde isn’t all bad news. The influence of Mercury retrograde is ideal for completing or returning to “unfinished business” or for connecting with old friends. For many, Mercury retrograde is a time of heightened intuition. Instead of dwelling on all the inconveniences of Mercury retrograde, I like to focus on using the energy to help me catch up on old, missed, or forgotten details.
Tips For Surviving Mercury Retrograde:
- Backup your work: Expect the cyber world to be acting “difficult.” Back up your computer, calendar, contacts, etc.
- Prepare for delays: Regardless of how far you’re traveling Mercury in retrograde can seriously curve ball your plans. Give yourself plenty of extra time to get where you need to be. (Before you leave home, double-check that you have everything you need for your day or holiday).
- Confirm Plans: Mercury retrograde brings out the flake (or space-case) in everyone. Confirm your plans.
- Reflect, Review, Renew, Redo: Use the influence to reflect on the past, to review projects, to renew your commitments, and to redo what needs to be done.
- Repeat Yourself: When Mercury is retrograde communication can be messy. Avoid miscommunications by repeating your intentions and having others repeat the message back to you.
- Embrace the Ex-Factor: Ex’s, old friends, and other contacts from the past have a tendency to re-appear during Mercury retrograde. This influence can be awkward and can catch you off guard (if you let it).
- Slow Down: Mercury Retrograde is a time to think before you buy or commit. It’s not a great time for signing contracts or making major purchases.
- Surrender: Let the universe do its thing…Mercury Retrograde doesn’t last forever.